Bulldog Bulletin: 06/13/2021

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on June 2.

Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el 2 de junio.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • June 16, 2021 - 5th Grade In-Person Promotion (Virtual - 10AM and Classic - 1PM)

  • June 18, 2021 - Last Day of school, minimum day

  • August 2 - August 13 - Kindergarten Jumpstart

Principals Update:

Hello Vista Academy Families,

We are so proud of our students’ and staff’s resilience this school year. Have a wonderful summer and we will see everyone on the first day of school on August 18th. Please see below for important information about the last week of school.

Upcoming Device and Material Return

In addition to the important dates above, we will also want to let you now that classic students will begin bringing their home devices/cords back to school the week of June 7 and all virtual students will have a brief final Zoom check in on June 18 (see virtual device return schedule below) and then bring all of their devices/cords/hotspots/classroom materials back to school during their scheduled time on the last day of school. The schedule will be shared soon.

Classic Device Return Days - Week of June 7-11

Monday 6/7: Kindergarten and Robertson’s class

Tuesday 6/8: 1st grade and Carruther’s 3rd graders

Wednesday 6/9: Classic 2nd grade

Thursday: 6/10: Classic 3rd grade

Friday 6/11: Classic 4th grade, 5th grade, &Carruther’s 4th/5th graders. Please note - 4th and 5th graders will be turning in their devices on Friday, so that they will be able to access the Living History Museum and IB Exhibitions on Thursday, June 10 at home on a school device.

Library Books

We will begin collecting library books this coming week for classic students. Virtual students may return library books during device/material return on June 18th, the last day of school.

Virtual Device/Material Return - June 18

Please return devices, hotspots, headsets, EL Workbooks, classroom materials, library books

8:30 -9:15 - Kindergarten

9:15 - 10:00 - First

10:00 - 10:45 - Second

10:45 - 11:30 - Third

12:00 - 12:30 - Fourth

12:30 - 1:00 - Fifth

Post Magnet Application Will Remain Open

We are still keeping our post magnet application open since we have a few openings for kindergarten and second grade for the 2021-22 school year. We also know that there may be a few moves over summer so we want to ensure we have all interested students who would like to attend in the fall lined up to fill those spots. Please spread the word and share the 21-22 Post Magnet Application.

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COVID Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been updated 5/14/21 and is here in ENGLISH, SPANISH. The updates include a clarification that all types of Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) are acceptable for use where a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was specified. The update also includes the latest information regarding quarantine options for persons exposed to COVID-19.

We will continue to ensure that safety is a top priority at Vista Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Families, please keep us informed about the following:

  1. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child at home. Notify the school immediately.

  2. If you have taken a test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

  3. If you have taken a test and are awaiting the results, please keep your child at home until you receive the results.

  4. If you child has taken a test and is awaiting the results, please keep your child home until you receive the results.

  5. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.

Please make sure to always share your information with:

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IB Update:

We celebrated our Exhibition Projects with a wonderful virtual launch on Thursday, June 10th. Our 5th grade teacher team and students along with all our teacher mentors put in many hours of work for this capstone project for the Primary Years Programme in the International Baccalaureate. All students inquired into a central idea and lines of inquiry related to our theme, Humans create change in the world. The inquiries were more varied than we have ever had and included topics such as racism, climate change, human rights, social media, bullying, animal shelters, and more. All students researched their topic to share in informative writing and a video presentation. They also interviewed an expert in their field, worked with our arts specialists to create an arts component related to their topic, and completed an action project. Here are a few examples of actions that our students took related to their topics. Here is a short overview video of this year’s Exhibition. Congratulations to our 5th graders for their Exhibition projects!

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about our IB program, please reach out to our IB coordinator, Sharon Scott-Gonzalez at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org

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Mrs. B's Update:

This week in 5th grade, we watched a Middle School slide show on what to expect, what will be the same or different. We want our 5th graders to advocate for themselves by being thinkers, communicators, and risk takers to name a few. We also continued to share in the gratitude journal and discuss what we are thankful for.

For Kinder, 3rd and 4th we watched a short video on “Working on our Dreams”! We discussed and brainstormed goals for the summer! We spoke about creative, relationship, health, and academic goals. I encouraged them to READ and even use fun math flash cards, to be sharp on our skills we have learned.

In kindergarten we read “I Am Enough” which helps us reflect on accepting yourself just as you are, special and unique!!

Summer Activities & Counseling

Resources for mental health

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Our School's Counselor: Mrs. Bojorquez

Hello, this is your school counselor Mrs. Bojorquez. Please reach out to me with any concerns regarding attendance, academics, and social emotional learning.

My email : mariebojorquez@vistausd.org (760) 941-0880 ext. 44900

I support students with social skills classroom lessons, small groups, and 1:1 if needed. I can also refer to outside agencies or resources if needed.

VUSD Social & Emotional Support

Resources for families

Referral for 1:1 or small group

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Vista Academy's English Learner Program:

Our ELAC committee met last week and discussed the Needs Assessment Survey. Thank you very much for your input. We have made a list of recommendations for next year to assist English Learners.

  • 1. Informational night for Reclassification and Equity before conferences (individual letters with levels given to parents beforehand)

  • 2. Before and after school tutorials

  • 3. Materials for ELs to be sent home in a “practice packet” (books, flashcards, visual dictionaries, games to practice English)

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Vista Academy students have art specialty classes in dance, drama and music every week. Research has shown that participation in the arts has many benefits to students now, as well as later on in life. Each week we will feature a Why Art card from ART=OPPORTUNITY. More information and links to the studies on the benefits of the arts can be found on the website.

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Foundation Committee Updates:

Our Vista Academy Foundation can now accept donations through their website HERE. Please share with family and friends!

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ASES Application - '21-'22 school year:

Our After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. ASES (After School And Safety) is a State-Funded, no-cost, after-school program available to students in grades 1st through 5th which begins on the first day of school and continues through the end of the school year. Applications are available on our schools website. Please note that applications must be filled out on a computer, otherwise the application will not be submitted. Space is limited but all families are welcomed to apply. Please note that a response in regards to acceptance, will not be given until August.

Click here to fill out the application

Feel free to reach out to our ASES Lead Ms. Pauli at (760)941-0880 ext. 44150, with any questions Monday-Friday after 1:00 p.m. The link to the application can be found above or on our school website.

Virtual Library Checkout Hour:

Please note that our Virtual Library Hour event is over for this year. Thanks to all the virtual students that stopped by to check out books this year. Library books can be returned to our front office.

After School Enrichment & Homework Assistance:

The Vista Unified ASES team has put together a virtual homework help meeting on Zoom everyday from now until the end of the school year. If your students are needing help (whether they are virtual or classic), please let the learners know about this resource.

  • From 2:30-3:15pm, there is an enrichment activity to enhance learning. (See the flyer below for a list of enrichment activities for this upcoming week.)

  • From 3:30-5:15pm there is live homework help in a breakout room. The students do not need to attend the entire session and can pop in and out as needed.

Enrichment 2:30-3:15: ZOOM Link

Homework Help 3:30-5:30: ZOOM Link